Only three weeks remain for Team New York to finish building the Solar Roofpod. Architecture and Engineering students are collaborating quickly in the final weeks of this thrilling marathon!
To implement the efficient engineering systems of the pod, many major components of the pod have been installed since my July update! The solar trellis, or space frame, solar thermal collectors, and solar panels have all been placed onto the roof of the pod. The engineering systems of the core including lighting, wiring, piping, etc. have been marked, and set into place by the students. The finishing for the core, such as the renewable and fast growing bamboo plywood, has also been installed.
The landscape has also developed tremendously- planter bins, irrigation tube, decking and ramps are all placed around to create the pod's roof garden, which will promote biodiversity and cool off a rooftop space.
As a foreshadowing of later competition phases, a crane has also come to site to lift the pod in place. This is a simulation of what will happen in September, when the Solar Roofpod is lifted, and transported to Washington D.C. this Fall.
We hope you will join Team New York in Washington D.C. for the Solar Decathlon competition this Fall. What makes Team New York stand out? We are the only urban entry in this competition, even in Solar Decathlon history. We also believe we are the most student engaged team, where students have committed themselves to 110 percent of every conceptual and technical aspect of the project. We firmly believe we can win because our home is not sited on the ground, as every other entry is. The Solar Roofpod is sited upon a rooftop space — it does not take up additional space, rather it takes advantage of and benefits underutilizes space. Moreover our pod is not merely a residence. We are a solution to the populations of growing cities.
Farah Naz Ahmad was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York. Her career goal is to become a licensed architect. Her past roles as President of American Institute of Architecture Students and as a team leader for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have increased her passion for design and sustainability. Farah promotes such concepts as clean energy to educate the future generation. Farah is a LEED Green Associate.